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Dough Art
Type: Crafts   Skills: Language & LiteracyPlay & CreativitySocial & Emotional Skills
Dough art is homemade “Play-Dough” that you can make with kids. Once they make their own dough, you can have them make their own dough art creations. You can encourage them to create animals or people or whatever. Dough Art is a great open-ended activity, which get kids conversing with each other and with you. Dough Art
What We Learn
Kids will learn a lot of conversation skills because you will be asking them open-ended questions about this project as they create their dough art. In addition to giving them the opportunity to explore their creativity, kids will develop fine motor skills and they will learn to cooperate with each other.
Supply List
2 Cups of flour
1 Cup of salt
2 Tablespoons of cooking oil
1 Cup of water
1 Tablespoon of cream of tartar
Tempura paint (optional)
First, create your homemade play dough by mixing together the given ingredients.

To create different colors of play dough, mix in different colors of tempura paint, which works better than food coloring, which may stain children’s hands.

Remember, this recipe will make one batch so if you want to make a few batches with different colors, follow the recipe to make more dough.

Dough art can be a great activity for children to do in groups. If you put the dough out and break the kids up into groups (or just have them work together in one group), they will have to learn how to work together to negotiate this project. Ask the kids to pick an animal and work together as a group to create the animal with the dough. You can guide them by asking each child to be in charge of a different part of the animal. For instance if they decide to make a fish, then once child can make the fins, another the head and so on.

This activity will naturally spark conversation between the kids as they try to figure out how to complete the activity and decide who is going to do what part.

You can encourage conversation and language skills by asking open-ended questions about the dough art so that they explain to you why and how they came about making it a certain way.

You can also put out additional materials (like pipe cleaners, feathers and large sparkles) for some of the older kids to use to decorate their dough art.

Remember to put your homemade play dough in a plastic, air tight container. You can re-use it until it starts feeling stiff or hard.
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